Quality of Life
Overland Park is consistently recognized among the best in the nation for quality of life attributes and business environment. Its highly educated residents enjoy an abundance of employment opportunities and, when they aren’t on the job, plenty of leisure choices.
In just 60 years, Overland Park has grown to become the state’s second largest city and its economic engine. More than 10,000 businesses keep the local economy strong. With a population soon to exceed 200,000 residents, Overland Park represents about one-third of the total population of Johnson County, which is the state’s most populous county. And, it is the largest suburb in the Kansas City metro.
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The three public school systems serving Overland Park residents – Blue Valley, Shawnee Mission and Olathe – consistently rank among the best in the nation.
In ACT exams taken in 2015, students from all three school districts had scores far exceeding state and national averages. Compared to the state average of 21.9 and the national average of 21, Blue Valley’s composite score was 25.4 (the highest in district history); Olathe’s was over 22 and Shawnee Mission’s was over 23.
Each district consistently receives high marks from the Kansas Department of Education and meets the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) set for No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
Blue Valley School District* – USD #229
Enrollment: 21,759 students
Facilities: 21 elementary schools, 9 middle schools, 5 high schools, Blue Valley Academy, Center for Advanced Professional Studies, Parents as Teachers, Access Program, Hilltop Campus
Graduation rate: 97.5%
All five of Blue Valley’s high schools made Newsweek’s top public high schools list, the Washington Post’s most challenging high schools list, and The Daily Beast’s list of America’s top high schools. 2014 Blue Valley graduates posted the top ACT score of Kansas City metro area school districts and the highest score in district history, with a composite score of 25.3. 2014 graduates also recorded the highest composite SAT score in district history with an average score of 1864, which exceeds state and national averages. Blue Valley schools have received the Presidential School of Service Award 162 times for student volunteerism since its inception in 2006. Blue Valley Schools' innovative Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) is a nationally-recognized program in which students are fully immersed in a professional culture and mentored by actual employers to solve real world problems while receiving high school and college credit.
Olathe School District* – USD #233
Enrollment: 29,043 students
Facilities: 36 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, 5 high schools
Graduation rate: 94.0%
USD #233 is the second-largest school district in Kansas. Student test scores consistently rank among the top 10 percent in the nation with ACT and SAT scores above state and national averages. Olathe has earned 18 National Blue Ribbon School Awards from the U.S. Department of Education and a Gold Medal rating from Expansion Management magazine given to top districts nationwide. Olathe is the only district in the state to achieve top honors (Level III) from the Kansas Award for Excellence Foundation. The district has received two national awards for outstanding professional development for teachers, and is home to two 2014 Horizon Award winners, the 2013 Kansas Superintendent of the Year, a 2013 Master Teacher, the 2012 Kansas Teacher of the Year, and the student co-champion of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. The district offers the innovative 21st Century High School Programs, including aerospace and engineering, biosciences, geosciences and e-communication.
Shawnee Mission School District* - USD #512
Enrollment: 26,371 students
Facilities: 34 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 5 high schools
Graduation rate: 93.8%
Shawnee Mission School District is the third largest school district in Kansas with more than 27,000 students and 3,500 employees. The district contains 34 elementary schools, five middle schools and five high schools. It also includes Arrowhead Day School, Horizons High School, an Early Childhood Education Center, and Signature Programs at the Center for Academic Achievement. It’s been consistently ranked among the finest school districts nationwide for its high student performance. The district serves a diverse student population from 14 cities within northeast Johnson County, Kansas, which is 10 miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
Overland Park Public School District Stats
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Sources: Kansas State Department of Education, Overland Park Chamber of Commerce 2023 Directory, CERI, Blue Valley School District, Olathe School District, Shawnee Mission School District.
Statistics updated June 2023
Overland Park is fortunate to have numerous parochial and secular schools that offer educational options. Area students can choose from a variety of private school options:
Overland Park is home to the state’s largest institution of higher education: Johnson County Community College, where more than 40,000 students are enrolled in credit and continuing education each semester. The University of Kansas and numerous other colleges and universities have satellite campuses in Overland Park where working professionals can acquire an additional academic degree, keep up with current business trends or embark on a new career path. Many of the institutions offer evening and weekend classes affording Overland Park residents the opportunity for life-long learning. You don’t even have to enroll as a full-time student to take advantage of the knowledgeable faculty, extensive libraries and research tools at Overland Park’s higher learning institutions.
The Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT) was created in 2008 by a 1/8-cent, voter-approved sales tax increase that supports focus on research, science and technology for the county. Funding from this tax goes to support buildings, programs and research at the KU Edwards Campus Business, Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) Building in Overland Park, Kansas State University International Animal Health and Food Safety Institute in Olathe and the KU Clinical Research Center in Fairway . The Triangle will have economic impact of more than $1.4 billion over the next two decades and will attract millions of dollars in private and public donations and research grants.
Johnson County Community College* (JCCC) is one of the country’s largest, single-site community colleges. Founded in 1969, JCCC serves more than 40,000 students.
JCCC is nationally recognized for its academic programming and workforce development initiatives. The college offers more than 101 credit programs and 3000 certification, recertification, re-licensure workshops, other continuing education courses. JCCC works directly with local companies, community members and economic development organizations to tailor training courses based on specific needs. While academia is JCCC’s main focus, the college also offers 7 varsity sports programs (men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, and women's volleyball), is home to the renowned Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and offers a premier Performing Arts Series. In 2019, JCCC opened the Fine Arts and Design Studio (FADS) building, strengthening the resources it can provide to students.
JCCC Education Centers:
Opened in 1993, The University of Kansas Edwards Campus* caters to working professionals and local area students who want to continue their education. With approximately 1,500 students and 250 faculty members, KU Edwards offers undergraduate and graduate programs, focusing on late afternoon and evening classes to cater to the working professional.
In 2012, KU Edwards Campus opened its Business, Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) building, an initiative of the Johnson County Education Research Triangle, where it offers programs focused on business, engineering, science and technology.
Other colleges and universities in Overland Park and nearby:
- Baker University*
- Cleveland University Kansas City*
- Emporia State University Metro Learning Center
- Friends University Kansas City Education Center
- Kansas State University Olathe*
- National American University
- Ottawa University Kansas City*
- Pittsburg State University Kansas City
- Rasmussen College
- Saint Paul School of Theology*
- University of St. Mary – Kansas City
*Overland Park Chamber Member
Overland Park residents have access to some of the best and most up-to-date medical facilities. Major medical facilities, specialty hospitals, numerous urgent care and emergency medical facilities, and dozens of assisted living, skilled nursing and home health companies provide medical care from birth to the senior years. Community leaders and a philanthropic business community support a large network of nonprofit organizations working to ensure that the increasingly diverse human service needs are being addressed.
Area hospitals are accredited in a wide range of specialties and have medical staff foremost in their fields. The University of Kansas Cancer Center, which has treatment centers in Overland Park, is the only National Cancer Institute-designed cancer center in the region.
#178 – Least-Stressed Cities in America – WalletHub, 2020
#4 – Healthiest Cities in the U.S. for Families – Ladders, 2019
#25 – Healthiest Cities in the U.S. – WalletHub, 2017
AdventHealth Shawnee Mission
9100 West 74th Street, Shawnee Mission, KS 66204
You’ll find whole-person care, dedicated teams and staff, and a wide variety of medical and community wellness services at AdventHealth locations throughout the Kansas City region. AdventHealth Shawnee Mission delivers more babies each year than any other local hospital and is the area’s only certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network.
AdventHealth South Overland Park
7820 W 165th St, Overland Park, KS 66223
AdventHealth South Overland Park brings expert, whole person health care to residents of southern Johnson County. Located at 159th and U.S. 69 Highway, the hospital has a full range of services to meet your needs. Whether you are welcoming a new baby, are in need of primary care, or have an unexpected ER visit, AdventHealth South Overland Park offers it all and more.
Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas
5808 West 110th Street, Overland Park, KS 66211
The only free-standing pediatric hospital in Kansas, Children’s Mercy Hospital brings nationally-recognized pediatric expertise closer to families in the southern portion of the metro. It offers comprehensive medical care with 52 inpatient beds, emergency room staffed 24/7, surgicenter, sleep lab, and more than 22 specialty clinics. It also is home to one of only a dozen pediatric-focused Comprehensive Epilepsy Centers in the country. It was recognized as a Healthy Kansas Hospitals Center of Excellence through the Kansas Hospital Association.
Menorah Medical Center
5721 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66209
Menorah Medical Center is the only hospital in Kansas to earn Healthgrades’ 250 Best Hospitals in the U.S. for three consecutive years. It is a Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery, Colorectal Surgery and Robotic Surgery. The Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute is nationally accredited by the Commission on Cancer and features leading edge technologies. With one of the area’s top neuroscience team, Menorah is expanding with a three-floor tower to further advance its neuroscience and orthopedic care. The hospital also features one of the region’s premiere complex orthopedic hip and knee replacement programs and a boutique-like setting in the Women’s Center at Menorah.
MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital
5701 West 110th Street, Overland Park, KS 66211
MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services and treatments for a variety of conditions. It is accredited by the Joint Commission to provide specialized medical and therapeutic services. Combined with state-of-the-art technology, experience and knowledge, MidAmerica’s services provide patients with the care they need to reach maximum levels of independence and function.
Overland Park Regional Medical Center
10500 Quivira Road, Overland Park, KS 66215
Overland Park Regional Medical Center (OPRMC) is Johnson County’s only Trauma Center and offers more than 550 physicians covering every medical specialty. OPRMC is home to one of the busiest women’s centers, and the area’s most advanced Level IIIb Neonatal ICU (NICU). OPRMC is a proud health care partner of the Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex, The Kansas City Stars Youth Ice Hockey Club, Kansas City Christian School and Heartland Soccer Association, offering exclusive Athletic Training and Concussion Management services to keep kids safe on and off the field.
Saint Luke’s South Hospital
12300 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66213
This state-of-the-art facility features a 24-hour emergency room certified as a Primary Stroke Center, an award-winning Hip & Knee Center, an intensive care unit, NAPBC accredited Goppert Breast Center featuring 3-D mammography, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, Birth & Women’s Center with Level IIIa NICU, advanced cardiac care, surgical weight loss center, the Jacobson & McElliott Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, and more than 600 physicians.
Johnson County Rehabilitation Hospital
11325 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210
The new hospital specializes in comprehensive rehabilitation treatment for patients with a range of debilitating injuries and diseases. Some of the areas of treatment offered by hospital staff include stroke rehabilitation, orthopedic injuries, and memory and speech deficits. The 47,750 building includes three stories and 40 hospital beds.
Rehabilitation Hospital of Overland Park
5100 Indian Creek Parkway, Overland Park, KS 66207
The Rehabilitation Hospital of Overland Park is part of the Post Acute Medical network. The free-standing hospital offers inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services for patients recovering from acute injuries and illnesses. With access to the latest rehabilitation technology, the hospital can provide treatment for a variety of conditions, including amputation, brain injury, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and much more. The staff includes registered nurses, disease specialists, physical and occupational therapists and psychologists, among others.
The University of Kansas Hospital is the region's premier academic medical center, providing a full range of care and leading-edge research. All twelve of its medical and surgical specialty areas are ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospital” lists. The University of Kansas Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated program. The hospital also houses the region's only accredited burn center, the area's only nationally verified Level I Trauma Center and the area’s first and only Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center recognized by The Joint Commission. The 42,000-square-foot Indian Creek campus in Overland Park offers a full range of services including general surgery, orthopedics, plastic surgery, radiology, urology and pain management services. Also at the Indian Creek Campus are the Sports Medicine & Performance Center, Marc A. Asher Comprehensive Spine Center and The University of Kansas Cancer Center’s Sarcoma Center.
A steady increase in population and affluence in Overland Park over the past 50 years has resulted in some of the most desirable housing in the Kansas City metro area. The city has a relatively new housing stock. The median year a housing unit was built in Overland Park was 1986, compared to a median year of 1976 in greater Kansas City.
Through careful planning and development, Overland Park has all the criteria homebuyers seek: homes that retain their appeal and value, one of the nation’s lowest crime rates, schools that rank among the best in the nation, the convenience of nearby shopping and accessibility to well-maintained highways and interstates.
Best Cities to Buy a House (#2) - Niche (2023)
Best Places to Rent in the Country (#2) - Wallet Hub (2022)
Best Cities to be Stuck at Home (#4) - LawnStarter (2020)
Millennial Homeownership Rate (#27) - SmartAsset (2020)
In Overland Park, homebuyers value both high quality and affordability. The average sale price of an Overland Park home is $531,498 (Appraiser's Office, 2022) and the average appraised value is $414,689 (2022). Overland Park, as a whole, benefits from a high owner occupancy unit rate at 63.0% (Census, 2021)
The city’s older neighborhoods are generally north of 95th Street, where well-maintained and picturesque homes date to the post-World War II migration of families from Kansas City’s inner neighborhoods to the suburbs. These older neighborhoods offer first-time homebuyers excellent choices. To help maintain these historic neighborhoods, the City of Overland Park offers programs to assist homeowners with property maintenance.
Residential development has burgeoned south of Interstate 435, expanding the city limits as far south as 203rd Street. Real estate in southern Overland Park is ideal for those who want to invest in a larger, feature-packed home and are relocating from a more expensive market.
Newer options in the local housing market have been mixed-use developments where townhomes, condos, lofts and apartments share a village-like setting with retail and office space and entertainment venues, giving residents an urban lifestyle where they can walk to shops, dining, entertainment and everyday services. There are a number of new housing properties in and near downtown Overland Park, including Avenue 80, InterUrban Lofts, and The Promontory, with more housing options developing at locations like CityPlace.
| Number of Housing Units: 84,469 (2019)
|| Average Household Size: 2.4 (2019)
Source: City of Overland Park, American Community Survey, Johnson County, County Economic Research Institute (CERI), ESRI, U.S. Census Bureau
Overland Park residents can enjoy an active lifestyle with a diverse range of options for leisurely pursuits – from sports and recreation to unique entertainment venues, flourishing arts and some of the Midwest’s best shopping and dining. With 83 city parks, five public swimming pools, miles of recreational trails, state-of-the-art community centers, public and private golf courses, there’s no lack of ways to stay healthy.
For sports and recreation, Overland Park has premier facilities that include Blue Valley Recreation Commission’s rec centers and sports complexes, Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex and Urban Air Adventure Park.
The Overland Park Farmers’ Market in Downtown Overland Park is a vibrant public gathering spot that builds community pride and spirit by bringing together shoppers of all ages and interests. In a nationwide contest held in 2022, it received the most votes to be named the favorite farmers market in the country.
The Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, housed in a modernist landmark built in 1959, is home to the Johnson County Museum and numerous arts and theatre programs. A newer landmark is the Museum at Prairiefire, known for its gleaming dichroic glass façade on the outside and its meaningful learning experiences on the inside.
Visual and performing arts flourish. Sculptures and other artworks are on display in city parks, along major thoroughfares and in numerous public spaces. Johnson County Community College enriches the community with its Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, renowned Oppenheimer Collection and performing arts at the college’s first-class venues.
A full season of events presents the opportunity to enjoy beautiful outdoor settings at events such as the Clock Tower Concert Series at the Farmer’s Market, concerts in city parks, festivals in the downtown district and numerous events at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.
Newer attractions feature unique entertainment where you can hit microchipped golf balls in climate-controlled hitting bays, play bocce or pickleball, swing an axe at the target, work as a team to escape a locked room, and face off against friends, family or co-workers in a game show arena.
Best City for Families (#1) - Livability (2022)
Top Farmers Market in the United States (#1) - America's Farmers Market Celebration (2022)
Best Places to Live (#29) - Money Magazine (2023)
Happiest Cities in America (#15) - WalletHub, March 9 (2020)
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In 2015, Overland Park welcomed two first-to-market retail stores that had consumers buzzing with anticipation. SCHEELS, a 220,000-square-foot sporting goods store opened in Corbin Park and became an instant attraction with unparalleled retail options, as well as a Ferris wheel and an aquarium. The opening of The Container Store capped off the redevelopment of Hawthorne Plaza at 119th Street and Roe Avenue. Retail comprises 11 percent of business activity in Overland Park, which has nearly 18 million square feet of retail space. Overland Park boasts hundreds of locally-owned shops, along with nationally-recognized retailers and department stores. Retail sales have grown by 6.2 percent in recent years to nearly $5 billion. Of the $14.4 billion in total retail sales in Johnson County in 2018, Overland Park was responsible for 34.6%.
Much of the city’s retail development can be found along Metcalf Avenue, the city’s historic main artery running north and south and along the east-west corridors of 95th, 119th, 135th and 151st streets. New developments along the Metcalf corridor include the Lowe's at 95th Street and the shops at Promontory between 89th and 91st Streets.
Committed to reinvigorating the Metcalf corridor, the City of Overland Park adopted Vision Metcalf, a long-range plan that encourages mixed-use development, integrated open and green space, and a balanced transportation system that embraces pedestrian usage and sustainability measures.
Downtown Overland Park blends the traditions of a Main Street setting with the more contemporary vibe of one-of-a-kind local shops, art galleries, restaurants, services, events and one of the city’s most popular attractions: the Farmers’ Market. Century-old buildings stand next to sleek new buildings. Several mixed-use development projects are in the works that will bring multi-family units with ground-floor retail space, promising to increase the activity and vibrant atmosphere of the city’s heart.
Overland Park has numerous indoor and outdoor shopping centers. At 1.5 million square feet, Oak Park Mall is the largest enclosed mall in both the Kansas City metro area and the entire state of Kansas. Nordstrom, LEGO and Microsoft are among its 200 stores and restaurants. Other open-air shopping centers, such as Hawthorne Plaza, Rosana Square and the Shoppes at Deer Creek Woods, offer upscale stores and dining.
A new hot spot for retail in Overland Park is 135th Street where two active retail developments, Prairiefire and Corbin Park, are side by side between Metcalf Avenue and Nall Avenue. Prairiefire is a 58-acre mixed-used project that integrates residential, office, retail and entertainment. Corbin Park is a 1.1 million-square-foot retail village with Tuscan-inspired architecture and tree-lined courtyards. Its anchor stores include Von Maur, JC Penney and SCHEELS, which offers the state’s largest selection of sporting goods.